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5 HIV-Positive Men Give Advice to Their Former Selves

Here are words of wisdom on surviving and thriving for those newly diagnosed with HIV.

Published
01 September 2015
From
The Advocate
PROUD and PrEPared – why I’m waiting for Truvada

A London columnist describes why he wants PrEP now for him and his partner – and why gay men in the UK can't get it yet. "Why should trust between partners, even irregular ones, be impossible in gay life? Why too should there have to be an elephant in the room every time – fear (even low level), anxiety, guilt, shame, all for having a fun and intimate experience with a nicer person? This week my partner and I attended the premiere of the documentary ‘PROUD and PrEPared’ – a look at PrEP and the PROUD study in the UK, which centred on just these issues."

Published
11 July 2015
From
Beyond Positive
What Marriage Equality Means For Couples with Different HIV Statuses

It goes without saying that love is the best reason for getting married. But for a serodiscordant couple – a couple of different HIV statuses – proclaiming that love and devotion in an official and legal manner is extra important.

Published
08 July 2015
From
HIV Equal
Gay Relationship Dynamics Affect Perception of Partner's HIV Status

A sense of commitment between male sexual partners is connected with a greater likelihood of an accurate perception of the other man’s HIV status among very high-risk individuals.

Published
25 June 2015
From
AIDSMeds
What makes you think he’ll never cheat?

Working in HIV prevention, I can no longer count the number of times I’ve heard someone say that they believed that they were in a monogamous relationship only to find out that they weren’t. That’s a harsh wake-up call at the best of times. When accompanied by an HIV diagnosis it is far from the best of times.

Published
05 June 2015
From
GMFA
Surviving Life Itself

Mark S King on long-term survival: "In the decades since those sorrowful days, I have faced a host of perilous circumstances apart from AIDS, including a car crash, drug addiction, serious medical procedures and weapons pointed in my direction. Like everyone else, positive and negative alike, I am a survivor of life itself. That life has included falling in love, changing careers, teasing my friends, watching my cats wrestle one another, and looking forward to whatever lies ahead with a deep sense of gratitude and joyful anticipation. And it is this prism—one that includes AIDS as only a segment of my life—through which I view the world today."

Published
26 May 2015
From
POZ
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'

A UK study on why teenage heterosexual couples may engage in anal sex has revealed a climate of coercion, with consent and mutuality not always a priority for the boys who are trying to persuade girls into having it.

Published
19 May 2015
From
Independent
HIV prevention within serodiscordant couples: A changing paradigm

Serodiscordant couples (where one partner is HIV negative and the other is HIV positive) are often thought to be at “high risk” of HIV transmission. However, new understandings of the biology of HIV transmission and the emergence of new HIV prevention options mean that the HIV transmission risk within these couples can be reduced to very low, even negligible levels.

Published
07 April 2015
From
CATIE
I'm Young, I'm Gay, and I'm Not Afraid of HIV

Every day more than 5,700 people contract HIV — that’s 240 new infections every hour. Worldwide, 35 million people live with the virus, which is nearly the population of California (that's about one out of eight people who live in the U.S.). But despite the increase in HIV infections, I’m not afraid of HIV. There, I said it. Now, let me explain. I’m not afraid of HIV because I’m in control of my health and status. If I discovered I was positive, I would be anxious but definitely not afraid. The scariest part of a being HIV-positive would be battling stigma every day — not be the medical implications.

Published
02 April 2015
From
HIV Plus Mag
Online dating not just about ‘hooking up’ for Aussie gay and bisexual men

Use of the internet to meet partners has become so ubiquitous among gay men that comparisons between men who use online dating methods to meet partners and those who do not have become less meaningful.

Published
27 March 2015
From
Kirby Institute press release

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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